Bulgaria approves new registration card system for refugees

Bulgaria’s government has approved new-look registration cards to be issued by the State Agency for Refugees, the government information service said on August 3 2016.

The changes are line with amendments approved by Bulgaria’s Parliament in 2015 to the country’s Asylum and Refugees Act.

The State Agency for Refugees will now issue only three types of registration cards, one for a foreigner who has applied for asylum, a second for a foreigner whose application for international protection is being processed and a third for a foreigner who has been granted temporary protection, the government media statement said.

The government decision scraps registration cards for foreign nationals who have instituted proceedings for establishing the state responsible for examining an application for protected status.

The amendments to Bulgaria’s Asylum and Refugees Act were approved to transpose the requirements of a 2013 European Union directive on common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection, the government statement said.

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